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MANHATTAN, Kansas (Ticker) -- Pity poor Missouri. No. 9 Kansas State was just a little bit angry following last weekend's loss to Nebraska.
After having their national championship hopes dashed, the Wildcats crushed Big 12 Conference North foe Missouri, 66-0, for their most lopsided shutout victory in 79 years.
It was the most points for Kansas State (10-0, 7-1 Big 12 North) in a shutout since defeating Drury, 75-0, in 1910. The Wildcats can still clinch a spot in the Big 12 championship game if Colorado defeats Nebraska on Friday.
Last week's 41-15 loss to Nebraska snapped Kansas State's 21-game Big 12 regular-season winning streak and likely knocked the Wildcats out of an alliance bowl.
"We lost pretty bad last week," Kansas State running back Frank Murphy said. "We wanted to bounce back and show the nation we can play. We all came together today and played well."
Safety Dyshod Carter had two of the three defensive touchdowns for Kansas State, which exploded out of the gate with a school-record 35 points in the first quarter.
"This is probably the worst game I have ever been associated with," Missouri coach Larry Smith said. "The first quarter began a landslide which we couldn't stop. We just got to pick up the pieces. We all lost, coaches and players."
Jonathan Beasley played only 1 1/2 quarters, completing 5-of-7 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
"Everything was falling our way; turnovers, field position, everything," KSU running back David Allen said. "All phases of our game were kicking on all cylinders. We were the better team today."
Carter recovered a fumble in the end zone to give Kansas State a 28-0 lead, then returned an interception 28 yards in the third quarter to make it 59-0. Adrian Beard completed the onslaught by recovering a blocked punt in the end zone with 46 seconds remaining in the period.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said the lopsided win did not erase the sting of the Nebraska defeat.
"I did not feel that way," he said. "For some, it was a matter of having something to prove. For others, it was a matter of understanding that it doesn't make a difference if win or lose (the week before). The important thing was to focus on this ballgame and play as well as we could."
Despite scoring nine touchdowns, Kansas State accumulated only 347 yards on total offense and did not score in the final period. Missouri was held to 116 total yards.
"You look out there and I think basically our morale was broken," Smith said. "Our spirit was completely broken and I think the guys tried hard, but I don't think the heart was there."
Murphy's five-yard touchdown run opened the scoring 2:47 into the game before Beasley's one-yard TD run gave the Wildcats a 14-0 lead.
Kansas State made it three touchdowns in as many possessions on Beasley's 38-yard TD pass to Quincy Morgan before Carter's fumble recovery stretched the lead to 28-0. Murphy closed the first-quarter barrage with a seven-yard TD run.
Beasley departed after throwing a 30-yard TD pass to Aaron Lockett 5:25 into the second period for a 42-0 halftime lead.
Jamie Rheem booted a 43-yard field goal and Allen scored on a 40-yard TD run in the third period.
"We knew we had to come out and play hard," Kansas State linebacker Ben Leber said. "We needed to bounce back. We needed a dominating peformance, both offensively and defensively."
After reaching .500 three weeks ago, Missouri (4-7, 1-7) finished the season with a three-game losing streak, getting outscored, 154-14.
"This game summed up the season for us," Missouri running back Zain Gilmore said. "Next year this cannot happen. It's too embarrassing to lose by this many points every week."
Kansas State has won seven straight against Missouri but trails the all-time series, 55-26.